Simon Cowell will no longer be part of the judging panel on season four of X Factor Israel, which he had signed on to film.

A spokesperson for Reshet, which produces X Factor Israel, told Variety that Cowell was cancelling “for his own reasons”.

A Reshet representative has also said that members of Cowell’s staff had reached out with “legitimate concerns” over his participation in the show after the recent violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, amid rumours of his cancellation last week, though at that time Cowell had yet to made any decision.

Representatives for Cowell did not respond to multiple requests for comment. 

Cowell broke his back in a bike accident last year and had to take a break from television for surgery and extensive rehab and recovery. He is currently appearing as a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

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